March 1, 2012. Happy Birthday Fryderyk Chopin!
Millions around the world will celebrate the life of Fryderyk Chopin today by listening to his music. We’d like to contribute to the celebration by presenting three pieces. The first is unusual though arguably Chopin’s most beloved Nocturne, the second piece is almost unknown and hardly ever performed, and the third is an all time favorite.
- Listen to Arthur Greene play the Nocturne in E-flat Major, Opus 9, No. 2, with original embellishment variants by Fryderyk Chopin
So what makes this first piece so unusual? We’ve recorded a rare edition of the Nocturne in E-flat Major, Opus 9, No. 2. Chopin himself penciled in extra notes to challenge some of his students. Listen carefully and if you know the piece (as you probably will), you’ll hear some things you haven’t heard before — a terrific Chopin Birthday treat.
The second piece, “Der Schweizerbub,” composed when Chopin was in his teens, is hardly ever performed. More of this story in a later post . . . but for now at Birthday 202, enjoy the work of a younger “Frycek” Chopin, age 14.
- Listen to Arthur Greene play the Intoduction and Variations on a German Air, “Der Schweizerbub,” in E Major [KK 925-27] by Fryderyk Chopin
The third piece, Chopin’s (“Raindrop) Prelude in D-flat Major, Op. 28 No. 15, rounds out our Chopin Birthday mini concert. Let’s join the Chopin lovers of the world by enjoying the soul-resonating magic of Fryderyk Chopin’s musical expression, touching the heart of our real being.